Tuesday, 29 December 2015

what i got for christmas 2015

I will start by saying I hope you all had the most magical Christmas. I'm sorry, the past few days have been a bit of a whirl, consisting of what feels like a million roast dinners and even more mince pies, finally I have found a little time to sit down and write a post. 

It looks like 'What I got for Christmas' posts are a little controversial. Like marmite, they either seem to be loved or hated. Personally, I love them. I'm a nosey little moo and love to have a looksie what goodies everyone gets. Mainly so I can find things to swoon over and add to my own wishlist.

I really don't want this post to come over as braggy at all and if it does I really don't mean it. I'm just super happy with everything that I received, the family do seem to know me well ha!

So here is what I got for Christmas...

ted baker christmas gift set

Friday, 25 December 2015

merry christmas!

Merry Christmas you beautiful bunch! 

I hope you have the most amazing time over the festive season and get everything you wish for. 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

ciaté mini mani month advent calendar - day 21 - 24

ciaté mini mani month
ciaté 2015

IT'S CHRISTMAS EVEEEEEEEE! My favouritist day of the year. I just find that there is something about the atmosphere and friendliness on Christmas Eve that you don't get on any other day of the year and mainly the fact that it marks the start of my Christmas traditions. The only thing I dislike is that it marks the end of my advent calendar. I think that each month should have it's own little Advent, days are much more enjoyable when you have a little something to open in the morning.

So, for the last time, this is my Mini Mani Month update...

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

my favourite christmas songs

favourite christmas songs

There is a certain selection of songs that I feel I need to hear before I can fully embrace the Christmas spirit. They are songs that come out every year and get played throughout the whole month of December without me even slightly getting sick of them. Most of them remind me of when I was little, which is why I love them so much.

Monday, 21 December 2015

ciaté mini mani month advent calendar - day 16 -20

ciaté mini mani month
ciaté advent calendar 2015

It's Christmas weeeeeek! Which is amazing, but also super scary thinking how quick it has come around! I cannot believe there is only a few days to go and it only really dawned on me when I opened door 20 on the advent calendar, I am a little slow ha!

Here is what I found behind doors 16 - 20...

Friday, 18 December 2015

christmas ombré nails

red gold nail gradient

It wouldn't be Christmas without my attempt at a Christmas nail design. I decided to go for a gradient in the most Christmassy colours I know, red and gold!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

ciaté mini mani month advent calendar - days 11 - 15

ciaté mini mani month
ciaté mini mani month 2015

This Advent Calendar malarky is absolutely whizzing this year. It feels like only yesterday I opened door number 1 and now we are only half way through! Exciting that it is so near Santa arriving but I also want time to slow down a little..I am not prepared!

Here is what I found behind doors 11 - 15, definitely some of the best colours yet...

Monday, 14 December 2015

christmas makeup: glitzy pink

make up look pink sparkle

I feel like you can get away with so much more glitz at Christmas. Makeup, clothing and just life in general can be a lot more sparkly when it comes to the festive season. I try and get away with as much sparkle as I can all year round anyway, but I find with Christmas I could just bathe in glitter and still be socially accepted..maybe.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

what christmas means to me...

sparkle christmas decoration

I really love Christmas, incase you hadn't already guessed! But this year I just haven't been feeling it as much as normal. As you will know, I lost my nan earlier in the year so Christmas has lost its sparkle ever so slightly. I know that she wouldn't have wanted anybody to be sad at Christmas or anytime throughout the year, so we have made sure to carry on with certain traditions that make Christmas.

Friday, 11 December 2015

ciaté mini mani month advent calendar - days 6 - 10

ciate mini mani month
ciate mini mani month advent calendar 2015

Somehow I keep forgetting to open my advent calendar in the morning and then I remember about 10am when I'm sitting at work. I know, it kinda defeats the object on an Advent Calendar, but at least it gives me an after work treat to look forward to when I get home.

Here is what I found behind doors 6 - 10...

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

funko time: frozen fever anna

anna frozen fever funko pop

I have a confession...I have been naughty (sorry Santa!) This is actually my nieces Christmas present. We ordered it online but when it came, one of the Snowgies had fallen out, so I had to open the box and pop him back in. Obviously, while the box was open, it would have been rude for me not to take photos (lol)! Honestly looking at it, no one would ever know, justification over...

Monday, 7 December 2015

MAC viva glam rihanna lipstick - the perfect christmas red

mac viva glam riri
mac viva glam rihanna lipstick

This lipstick has been in my collection for absolutely ages but for some reason it only comes out during the festive season. The packaging, shade and texture just screams Christmas to me! Can you tell I'm feeling festive?!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

ciaté mini mani month advent calendar - days 1 - 5

ciaté advent calendar
ciaté mini mani month advent calendar

This year, I have been lucky enough to recieve a Ciaté nail polish advent calendar. My mum is so cute, she gets me a Ciaté advent calendar so she doesn't feel bad buying herself a Yankee Candle one. That way we both win (lol).

I thought I would show you what is behind doors 1 - 5 (obviously if you are trying to keep this a surprise for whatever reason, don't look down!)....

Friday, 4 December 2015

funko time: princess bubblegum

funko pop adventure time princess bubblegum
princess bubblegum funko pop

 ♥ Give me a hug, hero. 

Before we start, I am just gunna throw it out there that I have serious hair envy of Princess Bubblegum, just look at the bumps in the bottom and the colour...serious hair goals here! PB is one of my many favourite characters in Adventure Time and this Funko is just perfect. I love her colouring, it definitely brightens up a rainy day! ♥
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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

autumn makeup: bronze eyes and cranberry lips

autumn copper berry makeup look

I really wanted to do something Christmassy at the weekend, I had that feeling where I just needed to do something Festive! I was all set to go and watch my local Christmas lights being turned on, I spent 3 hours trying to get my niece to come along and somehow didn't end up going in the end. #gutted! Obviously I had my make up all set for the occasion, a light Festive Bronze that creates a cute little shimmer. So instead I did the look anyway and sat in all glammed up with nowhere to go..

Friday, 27 November 2015

christmas jumper wishlist

As you all know, I love a Christmas jumper. If you didn't, where have you been every year on this blog?! The Christmas jumper market just gets better each year which makes me even more excited. Here are my top picks so far for this year..
christmas 2015 jumper wishlist

Gingerbread Man - Asda // Elsa - Asda // Little Miss Christmas - Truffle Shuffle // Reindeer Fairisle -   Peacocks // 
December 25th - New Look // Adventure Time - Truffle Shuffle

I need ALL of these jumpers! Each one holds a place in my heart for several reasons. The Elsa jumper actually sings 'Let it go' which won't get on anyones nerves at all *wink wink* and the Adventure Time jumper is super cute just because it is Adventure Time!

Surely its acceptable to buy 6 new Christmas jumpers right? ♥
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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

estée lauder double wear foundation

estée lauder double wear

I have been looking for a new foundation for a very long time but to be completely honest I didn't know where to start. I am not the best when it comes to formulas, matching colours or textures but always hear and see such good things about Estée Lauder Double Wear that I thought I would give it a go and see how I get on.

Monday, 23 November 2015

funko time: tinker bell

tinker bell funko pop
tinker bell disney funk pop vinyl

♥ Every time someone says 'I do not believe in fairies', somewhere there's a fairy that falls down dead. 

I will admit, I've never been a huge fan of Peter Pan. I know shock, horror! I don't dislike it but I just feel that it would never be up there in my top Disney films. I do find Tinker Bell a little cute though, hence really liking this Funko Pop! 

One of the things I love about this is her size, she is slightly smaller than normal Funko's which adds to her fairy cuteness! I love the way her wings tint her shadow blue! She will sit nicely within the Princess collection that I have decided I need to create. ♥
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Sunday, 22 November 2015

nails inc - regents park road

nails inc regents park road

I find it so hard to think of a colour to paint my nails these days! My hair seems to dye whatever colour they are anyway so I thought I would just make life easier and paint them the same colour! I have had Regent's Park Road for a little while now but it must have been hiding away in my drawer. I saw it and thought it was the perfect colour to hide any hair dye stains!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

top 5 mac autumn lipsticks

mac autumn berry lipsticks

This is totally my favourite time of year in terms of make up and fashion. I always find you can get away with so much more with make up as the nights draw in earlier. I love Autumnal shades, so tend to swoon over all of the collections that come out in this season. I thought I would show you my favourite MAC lipsticks for this time of year. I find that these are the shades that I always get drawn back to. I love a dark berry shade and this is the perfect time of the year for them to make a reappearance.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

pop in a box - November 2015

I actually forgot about Pop in a Box this month. I know, I have no idea how either! I think because I ordered myself a new Funko from them directly that I forgot another little treat was coming. 

When I saw a little brown, square box sitting on the stairs, I got a little excited as to who was inside..

the pumpkin king funko pop
funko pop vinyl pumpkin king


I really didn't expect this pop and am so, so happy! Lewis has tried to steal it several times now and it's good to finally have a pop that he is jealous of. 

It's a shame that I didn't get it in time for Halloween, but he will live quite happily on my shelf reminding me of Halloween everyday! I do sing 'Jack, The Pumpkin King...' every time I walk past him now too!

As you can probably tell, there is a slight theme of The Nightmare Before Christmas going on with my collection! ♥ 

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Friday, 13 November 2015

tsum tsum collection

tsum tsum collection

As you will know if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I love a Tsum Tsum. If you are unfamiliar with Tsum Tsum's, they are cute, squidgy, tiny Disney plushes that are pretty addictive to collect.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

l'oreal volume million lashes feline mascara

l'oreal volume million feline mascara
l'oreal feline mascara review

It feels like every time I go into Boots, L'Oreal have released a new mascara. I totally made that sound like a bad thing and it's really not, I just cannot keep up! Typically, I caved in slightly and picked up the Volume Million Feline mascara to try.


Monday, 9 November 2015

my shimmering purple make up look

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend. Mine absolutely flew and I can't believe that it is Monday morning already (cry!) I always find that in winter time seems to fly by more. I think this might be because it constantly feels like nighttime! 

I did find a spare 5 minutes of daylight though to capture this look that I have been wearing a lot lately. I love a purple eyeshadow and Autumn is the perfect time to bring out the darker berry tones. 


For this look I used: Benefit Brow Zings // MAC Black Grape eye shadow // Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara // MAC Springsteen blusher // L'Oreal Sin for Peach Balmy Gloss // Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

This eye shadow has a certain little something about it that I love, but for some reason it always seems to get a little lost in my drawer. Now I have found it though, it will definitely be used a lot more during the winter season! ♥
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Sunday, 8 November 2015

funko time: jack skellington + vampire teddy

jack and vampire teddy funko pop

So I received an email from Pop in a Box earlier in the week letting me know about new pops in their shop, bonus! Once I saw this limited edition Jack Skellington and Vampire Teddy funko, I immediately caved and knew I had to have it. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

funko pop favourites #1

funko pop wishlist

As you know, I have a slight obsession with Funko Pops. If you don't then where have you been?! I don't actually treat myself to many of them, just the occasional splurge and my Pop in a box subscription which means that my wishlist's are forever growing. 

I am aiming to try and own all of the Funko Pops above at some point. They are way too cute and would be perfect displayed in the Funko room I have dreamt up in my imaginary house. 

Grandpa Munster - What more can I say? It's the eyebrows.
Catbug - I have wanted this one for ages and the keyring version too!
Dancing Groot - This has been on my wishlist for a while, but I have been promised him for Christmas so fingers crossed!
Angry Stay Puft - He would sit just nicely next to my original Stay Puft, I could use them as bookends..
Gunter - My favourite Adventure Time character, I don't know how I have resisted this one so long. 
The Beast - Out of all of these Funko's I think I may try and get him next. Favourite Disney film everrrrr!

They are quite a random mix, but totally me! Would any of these Funko's be in your wishlist?
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Saturday, 31 October 2015

this is halloween, this is halloween

halloween pumpkin

Happy Halloween everybody!

As always I have had my requests in from the nieces and nephews for pumpkin designs. As you read this I will be on my way to Wales to see them so I have been on a mission to carve some pumpkins to take with me. As much as I moan, I actually quite like carving pumpkins. This is after the initial stress of being super picky when drawing it on of course. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

mac satin lipstick - captive

mac satin lipstick
mac captive lipstick review

I first showed you this lipstick on in my Duty Free haul post and I must say that I have been hooked ever since! I seem to be gravitating towards this kind of shade more and more as the nights draw in. If there has ever been a more perfect Autumn lipstick, it's Captive!

Monday, 26 October 2015

funko time: day of the dead sally

sally funko pop
day of the dead funko pop

For it is plain, as anyone can see. We're simply meant to be.

It wouldn't be Halloween week (yes I have turned it into a week long event!) without me showing you my most 'Halloweeny' Funko Pop! I love The Nightmare Before Christmas and I anything Day of the Dead, so fell in love with this Sally Funko instantly! I picked this up at Collectormania a little while ago as I had never seen anything like her before and really wanted the Jack version too but kept getting put off by the big spider on his head! I think I may cave and get normal Jack/Pumpkin King/Oogie Boogie at some point too though! ♥
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